Perception of Computer Work Health Impact among Higher Education Students


  • László Berényi ORCID

    Institute of Management Science, Faculty of Economics, University of Miskolc, H-3515 Miskolc, Egyetemváros, P. O. B. 21, Hungary

  • Bernadett Szolnoki

    Hantos Elemér Business and Regional Sciences Doctoral School, University of Miskolc, H-3515 Miskolc, Egyetemváros, P. O. B. 21, Hungary

  • Lehel Zoltán Györfy

    Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Babes-Bolyai University, 400084 Cluj-Napoca, 1 Mihail Kogălniceanu str., Romania

  • Nikolett Deutsch

    Department of Strategy and Project Management, Corvinus Business School, Corvinus University of Budapest, H-1093 Budapest, 8 Fővám Square, Hungary


Beyond professional and IT competencies, sufficient computer work requires adequate workplace design. Applying ergonomic aspects in design and utilization aims to establish and maintain the man-machine system while considering long term impacts. However, the human body is quite adaptive to health-disadvantaged work postures, and it may be adversely affected, which leads to a decrease in work performance as well. This study investigates the relationship between computer use habits, workplace design, work environment, and perceived health impacts among higher education students. The study aims to find the critical factors of computer work for establishing ergonomic development actions. The results are based on the responses of 711 business students from various higher education institutions in Hungary, using a voluntary online survey. Cross-tabulation, ANOVA, and correlation analyses could show that exposition to the risk by workload and wrong workplace selection go together with more health problems. The results show that portable computers are preferred, sitting posture is usually wrongly chosen, tiredness in the upper body is common, but students rated their workplace design rather good. The main experience of the study is that targeted actions are required for protecting the health and improve efficiency in performing computer activities.


computer work; ergonomics; health impacts; workplace design; sitting posture

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How to Cite

Berényi, L., Szolnoki, B., Györfy, L. Z., Deutsch, N. (2021) “Perception of Computer Work Health Impact among Higher Education Students”, Periodica Polytechnica Social and Management Sciences, 29(1), pp. 92–103.